Stazzema (Lucca)

Swastikas found at site of Tuscan Nazi massacre

560 people killed on August 1944 in Sant'Anna di Stazzema

Swastikas found at site of Tuscan Nazi massacre

Stazzema (Lucca), August 13 - Twenty five swastikas were found painted along the walls of a road in the Tuscan town of Sant'Anna di Stazzema near Lucca where Nazi troops killed 560 people, mostly children, women and elderly residents, on August 12, 1944, local daily Il Tirreno reported on Tuesday. Investigators believe the swastikas were painted a few days ago ahead of a ceremony held on Monday to commemorate the victims with Education Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza. Eye witnesses helped police identify the culprit who was said to be a local man "with problems". Police said his act was "not political". Four companies of SS troops killed almost all children in the Tuscan village, overall 560 people, between 7 and 10 am on August 12, 1944. The youngest victim, Anna Pardini, was 20 days old while another victim, Evelina Berretti, was shot dead while she was in labour, her baby pulled from her womb and killed. The Stazzema slaughter of civilians by Nazi troops is considered one of the worst in Italy during World War II. It was part of the backdrop to Spike Lee's 2008 film about black US soldiers, Miracle at St. Anna.

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